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Fire officials from the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests have been working jointly on a lightning-caused wildfire that began on the northeast side of Kendrick Peak in Kendrick Mountain Wilderness. The wildfire burned in heavy dead and down trees and forest debris left from the Pumpkin Fire of 2000. Snags (standing dead trees), steep slopes and overall hazardous terrain led fire officials to identify a system of roads at the base of the mountain to serve as boundaries from which to halt the wildfire’s progression.
An indirect suppression strategy was implemented due to the significant safety concerns of putting fire personnel in certain areas on the mountain.
The wildfire has been burning for nearly a month and firefighters have been able to successfully protect properties, valuable resources and critical wildlife habitat within and adjacent to the fire area. There has been a decrease in the amount of smoke production, however pockets of fuels on the upper slopes will continue to consume and may be visible until the monsoon rains arrive.
Every year there are multiple starts on Kendrick Mountain. The Boundary Fire successfully reduced much of the dead and down material left behind from the Pumpkin Fire, thereby reducing the risk to our communities from those starts in the future that could potentially cause a catastrophic fire event.
The Boundary Fire burned on both the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests. A transition to a local Type 4 organization will occur on July 1st.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Thursday June 01st, 2017 approx. 02:02 PM|
|Location||On Kendrick Mountain 17 miles northwest of Flagstaff.|
|Incident Commander||Grayson Beckley ICT4 Ryan Allen ICT4-T|
|Coordinates||35.432 latitude, -111.831 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||98%|
Timber and litter in understory, short grass, and heavy logging slash. Heavy down and dead debris from Pumpkin Fire in 2000.
The Fire Area Closure Order has been amended to reduce the restricted area and allow for additional access in the forest where fire activity has diminished significantly. Only the burned area itself will continue to be closed while safety hazards are identified and mitigated.
Rehabilitation has begun on trails, dozer lines, hand lines and other disturbed areas around the mountain that occurred during the previous suppression operations.
|Projected Incident Activity|
Pockets of ground fuels on the higher slopes continue to consume however there is very little fire activity near the containment lines and roads at the bottom of Kendrick Mountain.
An amended Fire Closure Order #04-17-19-F has been updated restricting entry into the burned areas only.
Highway 180 has been re-opened to the public.
Weather continues to be hot and dry but there has been slightly cooler daytime temperatures with higher humidity percentages over the past few days in the fire vicinity.